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February 21, 2013
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Grand Junction horticultural clubs present annual Plant Show West at Bookcliff Gardens

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - You may not have known you've probably consumed an orchid."Anything with vanilla comes from the seed pod of an orchid," Debra Foster, president of the Grand Valley's High Desert Orchid Club, said.The orchid club will be one of five different plant societies present at Plant Show West, March 2-3, where members will share interesting plant tidbits, show off their green thumbs, and in some cases - like the Western Colorado African Violet Club - sell some of their extra plants so members can grow more!The second annual plant show is also a membership drive for each of the five plant societies which include the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Club, the Colorado Desert Herb Society and the Garden Club. The event will take place at Bookcliff Gardens, 755 26 Road, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Last year's plant show was so successful, "we decided to do it again," said Florence Naylor, who started the African Violet club in 2011."It's a way to show the Grand Valley what we have, answer questions, and if people need plants some members have unusual ones" for sale, Naylor said."We're trying to promote the hobby." The African Violet club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave. at 7 p.m.The meetings include show and tell time, and a raffle for new varieties, Naylor said."It's kind of like a hands-on workshop," she said. Last month's meeting featured a program on growing African Violet trailers - that's where the plant produces multiple crowns that quickly fill out a pot, Naylor said.Foster used to be president of the Denver Orchid Society. She founded a Western Slope club after she moved here in 2003. The orchid club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at various members' homes.Orchids have been shrouded in mystery, Foster said. The local club is affiliated with the American Orchid Society and like the other clubs, members share interesting information, as well as growing tips."Orchids grow everywhere but Antarctica. They're widely distributed," Foster said. "There are more than 20 native to Colorado."

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